The Korean War is apparently back on, and North Korea is moving military assets, evidently to confront American warplanes flying along its eastern coast. At the same time, South Korea has announced that the U.S. will soon be repositioning “strategic assets” closer to the Korean Peninsula. In the past, the North Koreans often made belligerent statements about incinerating U.S. cities, like Austin or Washington, but they were almost always careful to put their words in the context of retaliating for a previous American strike on their soil. The situation today can deteriorate fast. After all, the North Koreans and Americans are each beginning to move their militaries closer to the other.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.